Adaptiv TPX 2.0 version

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by onesaintsfan, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. onesaintsfan

    onesaintsfan BigJohnHart

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    I understand before I even ask this that there are Valentine 1 and Escort fans out there and thats all they would consider. Also I agree from my research that the V1 and Passport XXXX overall is a more sensitive unit.

    But my question is this, and hope there are some TPX 2.0 actual owners that will answer this question. Which is:

    Is the Adaptiv TPX 2.0 unit "good enough"? I really like the ease at which you can take it on and off the bike. Also like the LED visual alert I can hardwire into the bike. I have owned the 8500 and 8500X50 and they are fine units. I just want a motorcycle specific unit that I can get two hardwire kits and switch between the GS and S3.

    I dont ride and rely on a RD only and usually dont even have it on the bike. I just like gadgets and want it for long distance A-B rides.

    I have noticed that some sites favor ( owned by ) certain manufac and obviously they will favor that particular unit. The latest was by a testing lab that showed the TPX 2.0 was closer in sensitivity to the big dogs than before.

    I just want a simple, waterproof unit that will give me a 1-2 mile warning of KA radar.

    Again, would mainly like to hear from TPX 2.0 owners on how well the unit works on the interstate and how far a warning they are getting.

    Thanks in advance
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  2. Nytelyte

    Nytelyte Somewhere about

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    Does the TPX have some form of filter that will cut out the radar driven traffic sensors (on my unit its called TSR Filtering)? I just went through this purchase process and I didn't think it did, and that is a major factor in some areas that I ride. If you don't have it you will get spammed constantly with instant-on style warnings all the time, which will render it too chatty to be useful.

    If you think about it, how important is the waterproof feature going to be in real life? How much do you actually speed when it rains? I decided that it wasn't a factor enough to lose the performance of a higher-powered detector, if its raining I'm going to pull it and stow it.

    Any of the detectors can have an exterior sound / light notification setup, so that shouldn't be too big of a factor. What do you mean that its easier to take on / off?

    1 - 2 mile warning on Ka will be highly dependent on sensitivity, and even more so if they are using any form of instant-on, in which case you need a fast acting and very sensitive detector which I didn't think the TPX provided.
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  3. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers Supporter

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    I use an Escort in the truck and the TPX on my bike-version 2 now-had the version 1.
    Paid for itself twenty times over. The helmet speaker option is way better (for me) as the lights don't get me attention very well.

    It's not the best. I'll assume you know how to use a detector in the real world-and with any of them it's not blast at speed willy-nilly. Have a rabbit out ahead and understand where 'they" like to be and you have a good chance. When you are the only one in sight-good luck with that.

    I use mine in the rain all the time.
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  4. onesaintsfan

    onesaintsfan BigJohnHart

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    Yes, understand about having a good front door and never relying on it solely. by on and off meaning taking it on and off the bike. I dont speed in the rain, just want the convienance of not having to worry about it. Plug in and go. I understand also about instant on radar and how to prepare for it. Again, a cage hauling ass makes a great front door. When I pick up a short spike or chirp I slow way down.
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  5. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers Supporter

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    On/Off is a snap. Mine is on a RAM mount. Takes two seconds.
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  6. kmartin760

    kmartin760 Adventurer

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    I've used an Escort 8500 for more than 10 years in my area. Without getting into which brand is better, I fully understand its behavior, have been saved dozens of times, and never let down. I was really dissapointed in the TPX V1 and its lack of sensitivity and lack of bond on/off modes. The Version 2 addresed all my complaints and works virtually the same as the Escort, which makes me happy.

    I'd like to note that I've found the visual alert to be useless and much prefer the audio. If it was Bluetooth and able to patch into a Senna it'd be perfect.

    I should also point out that customer service from Adapitv is beyond reproach, they've gone way above whats expected.

    Keith
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    onesaintsfan BigJohnHart

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    I am going to give it a try. Being waterproof is the main thing. Super-high sensitivity is no big deal. As long as I get a min of a 2 mile warning on straight and level interstate I am happy.
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  8. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University Supporter

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    Just to jump on this thread if that's okay!?

    Is there a car mount available for the TPX? so it can do double duty??

    Cheers

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  9. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers Supporter

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    It is. avail.
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    Shaggie Unseen University Supporter

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    linky? :ear
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  11. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers Supporter

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    look at the TPX website
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    Shaggie Unseen University Supporter

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    thanks - did that but i can only see theres a mounting plate and a reference to velcro,,,,i stick the velcro on my cars dashboard top???

    not fricking likely!

    :lol3
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    You need to buy a shittier car :deal
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  14. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers Supporter

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    Try a RAM mount with suction cup for the dash.
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  15. dave6

    dave6 Been here awhile

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    I have the TPX 2 mounted on the Super Tenere and just got back from a 6500 km trip to the States. Mid way through the trip after much rain and snow the window fogged up and the unit began to malfunction because of water or moisture in the unit I think. I found the visual alert to be all I needed and it did warn me several times during the trip. A lot of our riding is in the twisty stuff, switch backs etc. for this, the detector needs line of site for an indication as do most, so beware you may not get any warning of whats coming around the next corner. I used it on (hiway no X no K) and it gave no false warnings. It always saw the Ka alert before I saw the cop. We did not encounter any Lidar so I dont know how that works yet. I have it mounted totally exposed to the elements above the R/H signal light and we had days of heavy rain for 8 to 10 hours a day, it did dry out and started working again after being out of the rain for a day. If this unit is only exposed to moderate levels of rain for short periods or behind the wind screen I think it should be fine. It is important that the warning light is high up near your line of sight and pointed directly at your eyes for best results if possible. I am relatively happy other than the waterproof issue.
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